Summer Enrichment Fair-May 16, 2016

The Summer Enrichment Fair sponsored by the Gifted Advisory Board will take place on Monday, May 16 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at King’s Fork Middle School.  The event will include hands-on activities for students, information on summer camps, parent resources, and student project displays.  This program is geared towards elementary and middle school students. 

For more information, contact Dr. Maria Lawson-Davenport at 925-6760. You can find the flyer HERE.

 

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Parent Survey

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SOL TEST FOR GEOMETRY

WE ARE FINISHING THE CURRICULUM AND REVIEWING FOR THE SOL TEST. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE COMPLETING JEFFERSON LAB ASSIGNMENTS AND STUDYING YOUR FORMULAS NIGHTLY. IN ORDER FOR ME TO REVIEW THE 1ST PRACTICE SOL EXAM, EVERYONE MUST COMPLETE IT. YOU MAY STAY AFTER SCHOOL OR BEFORE SCHOOL. IT MUST BE DONE BEFORE THURSDAY.

 

THE SOL TESTING SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:

 

MAY 19TH –BLOCK 7

MAY 20TH–BLOCK 1

MAY 23RD–BLOCK 2

MAY 24TH-BLOCK 3

MAY 25TH-BLOCK 4

MAY 26TH-BLOCK 5

MAY 27TH-BLOCK 6

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Congratulations

Dr. Deran R. Whitney has been named the Region II Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS).  He was one of eight regional finalists considered for the organization’s state-wide recognition.

Region II encompasses the counties of Accomack, Isle of Wight, James City, Northampton, Southampton and York, and the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg.

Dr. Whitney has been Superintendent of Suffolk Public Schools since 2011. Through partnerships with families and the community, Dr. Whitney strives for all students to become life-long learners equipped with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to succeed as productive citizens in a local, national and global society.

“Dr. Whitney has worked diligently to make Suffolk Public Schools a great institution for educating our students,” said Dr. Michael Debranski, Chairman of the Suffolk School Board.  “He is an individual that incorporates information and advice to promote our trademark – Every Child a Star … Together, We Help Them Shine!

“I am very humbled to be able to represent the 15 school Divisions in Region II,” added Dr. Whitney.  “Serving as superintendent in Suffolk is an honor with so many dedicated and committed teachers and staff members. I feel privileged to serve in a community where the support for education is so very evident.”

Starting as an elementary school teacher and principal before assuming division-wide responsibilities in elementary education and K-12 instruction, Dr. Whitney has served Suffolk Public Schools for 18 years.

During that time, Dr. Whitney has strengthened early childhood education programs, enhanced professional development, reshaped the Leadership Academy for Potential Principals, and helped start an International Baccalaureate program.  As a champion of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives, he initiated the start of two high school focus programs – one in engineering and another in biomedical sciences.

In recent years, Dr. Whitney has also:

  • Spearheaded a City-Wide College & Career Readiness Fair, which offered middle and high school students and parents a series of workshops on preparing for high school, planning for college, and transitioning to the workforce.
  • Revived the staff recognition program – now called the Superintendent’s Star Awards – which honors each semester both the top-scoring honorees at a reception as well as city-wide winners for both support staff and instructional staff;
  • Implemented recommendations of a comprehensive compensation and pay study, which provided teachers their first pay raise or step increase in 5 years, which increased teacher retention. Likewise, the implementation brought salaries for SPS employees in line with like positions in similar and surrounding organizations;
  • Opened a new elementary school in 2014 in the southern part of the city;
  • Negotiated the construction of a new elementary school and new middle school in the city’s fast-growing northern end to open in 2018.

Most recently, Dr. Whitney demonstrated his strong leadership for learning with the award-winning elementary summer program called Learning and Enrichment for Academic Progress (LEAP), which is designed specifically to prevent “summer slide” for students with low socioeconomic status.  LEAP kicked off in 2015 as a collaborative, community-based approach between the school district, United Way’s United for Children campaign, and more than 20 other funding partners and service providers.  LEAP expanded the remedial summer school from a 4-week half-day program to an 8-week full-day program that combined academics and enrichment.  Students were offered classes in foreign language, martial arts, cooking, woodworking, and more.  The program also recognized that physical and behavioral health is critical to children’s academic success, and provided physical fitness assessments, screenings in hearing, vision and oral health, and coping strategies to help with such distractions as bullying.

Dr. Whitney was also applauded for his communication skills, which have brought together diverse members of the community to support Suffolk Public Schools.  Stakeholders include teachers, support staff, parents and students, as well as government and business leaders.  Through Superintendent’s advisory councils, stakeholder opinion surveys, and his Key Communicators Network, he both shares the division’s successes and challenges and listens to constituent concerns and ideas.

Like other school divisions across the United States and Virginia, Suffolk Public Schools has also unveiled new evaluation processes for teachers and principals that include student growth as a component. The new approach has also demonstrated improved effectiveness because it focuses on providing quality feedback throughout the assessment and observation stages.

Suffolk Public Schools has also faced budget cuts like others across the country and state.  Dr. Whitney has said he is “compelled to focus on two things: maintaining a quality education for our students and ensuring all stakeholders understand the impact reduced funding may have on our school division.”  In recent years, cost-savings strategies relied on technology by reducing print and offering parents information online, such as teacher gradebooks, attendance, handbooks, and school flyers.  Web-based meetings and professional development sessions reduced the cost of travel reimbursement.

Dr. Whitney added: “As we saw the need to eliminate positions from our budget, we did this through attrition, however; I wanted to minimize the impact on our students so we focused on replacing full-time paraprofessional and or custodian, with two part-time positions. This was cost effective by eliminating benefits yet allowed, in some cases, more human resources for our students and schools.”

Besides his leadership of Suffolk Public Schools, Dr. Whitney is also an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University, and has previously been an adjunct profession at the University of Virginia.  He is Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity chapter education director, a member at Canaan Baptist Church, the husband of an elementary school reading specialist, and the father of a rising junior at Radford University.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University, his master’s degree from Old Dominion University, and his doctorate degree in education leadership & policy studies from Virginia Tech.

 

Read Across America Day at Oakland Elementary School, celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
Whitney and Mascot

 

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations

Dr. Deran R. Whitney has been named the Region II Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS).  He was one of eight regional finalists considered for the organization’s state-wide recognition.

Region II encompasses the counties of Accomack, Isle of Wight, James City, Northampton, Southampton and York, and the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg.

Dr. Whitney has been Superintendent of Suffolk Public Schools since 2011. Through partnerships with families and the community, Dr. Whitney strives for all students to become life-long learners equipped with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to succeed as productive citizens in a local, national and global society.

“Dr. Whitney has worked diligently to make Suffolk Public Schools a great institution for educating our students,” said Dr. Michael Debranski, Chairman of the Suffolk School Board.  “He is an individual that incorporates information and advice to promote our trademark – Every Child a Star … Together, We Help Them Shine!

“I am very humbled to be able to represent the 15 school Divisions in Region II,” added Dr. Whitney.  “Serving as superintendent in Suffolk is an honor with so many dedicated and committed teachers and staff members. I feel privileged to serve in a community where the support for education is so very evident.”

Starting as an elementary school teacher and principal before assuming division-wide responsibilities in elementary education and K-12 instruction, Dr. Whitney has served Suffolk Public Schools for 18 years.

During that time, Dr. Whitney has strengthened early childhood education programs, enhanced professional development, reshaped the Leadership Academy for Potential Principals, and helped start an International Baccalaureate program.  As a champion of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives, he initiated the start of two high school focus programs – one in engineering and another in biomedical sciences.

In recent years, Dr. Whitney has also:

  • Spearheaded a City-Wide College & Career Readiness Fair, which offered middle and high school students and parents a series of workshops on preparing for high school, planning for college, and transitioning to the workforce.
  • Revived the staff recognition program – now called the Superintendent’s Star Awards – which honors each semester both the top-scoring honorees at a reception as well as city-wide winners for both support staff and instructional staff;
  • Implemented recommendations of a comprehensive compensation and pay study, which provided teachers their first pay raise or step increase in 5 years, which increased teacher retention. Likewise, the implementation brought salaries for SPS employees in line with like positions in similar and surrounding organizations;
  • Opened a new elementary school in 2014 in the southern part of the city;
  • Negotiated the construction of a new elementary school and new middle school in the city’s fast-growing northern end to open in 2018.

Most recently, Dr. Whitney demonstrated his strong leadership for learning with the award-winning elementary summer program called Learning and Enrichment for Academic Progress (LEAP), which is designed specifically to prevent “summer slide” for students with low socioeconomic status.  LEAP kicked off in 2015 as a collaborative, community-based approach between the school district, United Way’s United for Children campaign, and more than 20 other funding partners and service providers.  LEAP expanded the remedial summer school from a 4-week half-day program to an 8-week full-day program that combined academics and enrichment.  Students were offered classes in foreign language, martial arts, cooking, woodworking, and more.  The program also recognized that physical and behavioral health is critical to children’s academic success, and provided physical fitness assessments, screenings in hearing, vision and oral health, and coping strategies to help with such distractions as bullying.

Dr. Whitney was also applauded for his communication skills, which have brought together diverse members of the community to support Suffolk Public Schools.  Stakeholders include teachers, support staff, parents and students, as well as government and business leaders.  Through Superintendent’s advisory councils, stakeholder opinion surveys, and his Key Communicators Network, he both shares the division’s successes and challenges and listens to constituent concerns and ideas.

Like other school divisions across the United States and Virginia, Suffolk Public Schools has also unveiled new evaluation processes for teachers and principals that include student growth as a component. The new approach has also demonstrated improved effectiveness because it focuses on providing quality feedback throughout the assessment and observation stages.

Suffolk Public Schools has also faced budget cuts like others across the country and state.  Dr. Whitney has said he is “compelled to focus on two things: maintaining a quality education for our students and ensuring all stakeholders understand the impact reduced funding may have on our school division.”  In recent years, cost-savings strategies relied on technology by reducing print and offering parents information online, such as teacher gradebooks, attendance, handbooks, and school flyers.  Web-based meetings and professional development sessions reduced the cost of travel reimbursement.

Dr. Whitney added: “As we saw the need to eliminate positions from our budget, we did this through attrition, however; I wanted to minimize the impact on our students so we focused on replacing full-time paraprofessional and or custodian, with two part-time positions. This was cost effective by eliminating benefits yet allowed, in some cases, more human resources for our students and schools.”

Besides his leadership of Suffolk Public Schools, Dr. Whitney is also an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University, and has previously been an adjunct profession at the University of Virginia.  He is Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity chapter education director, a member at Canaan Baptist Church, the husband of an elementary school reading specialist, and the father of a rising junior at Radford University.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University, his master’s degree from Old Dominion University, and his doctorate degree in education leadership & policy studies from Virginia Tech.

 

Read Across America Day at Oakland Elementary School, celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
Whitney and Mascot

 

 

 

 

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May 3, 2016

Block1: complete the worksheet on decimals and percents

Blocks 2 and 3: work on your VA pages.

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Homework-5/4

BLOCK 1-Complete page 12 in your blue books, numbers 3-5.

BLOCK 2-Complete page 12 in your blue books, numbers 3-5.

BLOCK 3-Complete page 12 in your blue books, numbers 3-5.

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Homework-5/3

BLOCK 1-Finish Tuesday Bell Ringer.

BLOCK 2-Finish Tuesday Bell Ringer.

BLOCK 3-Finish Tuesday Bell Ringer.

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Tuesday, May 3

Block 1 – Study 

Block 2 – Study

Block 3 – Complete Length Conversions Worksheet

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Little Feet Meet held at Creekside!

Last Friday brought many unhappy little faces to Creekside Elementary with the announcement that weather was cancelling SPS Special Olympics “Little Feet Meet”.  Spirits were quickly lifted, however, when the school decided to host its own meet in the gym!  Coach Johnson prepared the gym, the art teachers had painted a CES banner and spirit signs, Girls with Pearls and The Association clubs cheered on participants, and Mrs. Thompson’s first graders filled the bleachers and raised the roof.  Even case managers and paraprofessionals demonstrated flexibility when the rain tried to dampen plans!  What a way to combine resources to encourage these great children to have a great time trying out different activities.  The smiles on their faces were priceless.  

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Field Day Date Change!

Due to inclement weather and our grounds being saturated, our Field Day has been rescheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 10th. With warm/dry weather in the forecast from Saturday-Monday it will give our grounds a chance to dry some. After next Tuesday the chance of rain is high again so we made a decision based on these factors.  Any parents who are not able to volunteer on the new date need to contact Ms. Smith. Thanks!

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The Summer Enrichment Fair is May 16th

 

The Summer Enrichment Fair sponsored by the Gifted Advisory Board will take place on Monday, May 16 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at King’s Fork Middle School.  The event will include hands-on activities for students, information on summer camps, parent resources, and student project displays.  This program is geared towards elementary and middle school students.  For more information, contact Dr. Maria Lawson-Davenport at 925-6760.Capture

gifted Fair Flyer16

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Postponements 5-3-16

NR-Logo-2_smallThe following athletic events have been postponed due to weather:

Varsity Softball @ Menchville – Rescheduled for 5-4-16
JV Softball vs Menchville – TBA

JV Baseball vs Menchville – TBA

Boys’ Tennis @ Gloucester – Rescheduled for 5-4-16
Girls’ Tennis vs Gloucester – Rescheduled for 5-4-16

Boys’ Soccer @ Menchville – Rescheduled for 5-9-16
Girls’ Soccer vs Menchville – Rescheduled for 5-9-16

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AP Information Notes

Classical conditioning

Classical Psychology

States of Consciousness

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Outstanding Spring Concert at Nansemond River High School

The Nansemond River HS Concert Band, Concert String Orchestra, and Jazz Band performed superbly in our annual Spring Concert.   The students were honored to perform Ballade by Alfred Reed with guest saxophone soloist, Mr James B.R. Hester, Professor Emeritus (Woodwinds) Norfolk State University.  It was truly a night to remember.  Congratulations to the class of 2016!!

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Summer Enrichment Fair sponsored by the Gifted Advisory Board

The Summer Enrichment Fair sponsored by the Gifted Advisory Board will take place on Monday, May 16 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at King’s Fork Middle School.  The event will include hands-on activities for students, information on summer camps, parent resources, and student project displays.  This program is geared towards elementary and middle school students.  For more information, contact Dr. Maria Lawson-Davenport at 925-6760.

Click here for the flyer.

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2016 Senior Class Photo

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Homework for this week….

Tuesday (April 3rd)

Math: workbook pgs. 209-210 (complete all problems)

  • Volume

Science: Define, draw examples, and color key words from pg. 51, in science textbook

*Light Energy Test will be administered on Thursday*

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May 2nd- May 6th

**There will be no more spelling this year.  Please use this time to study and review for the VA Studies SOL

Monday- Read 20 min

Study times tables

Homework Sheet  May 2, 2016

Tuesday-Read 20 min

Study times tables

Homework Sheet

Wednesday- Read 20 min

Answer one question from reading response questions

Study times tables

Thursday- Read 20 min

Answer one question from reading response questions

Study times tables

 

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Summer Enrichment Fair

The Summer Enrichment Fair sponsored by the Gifted Advisory Board will take place on Monday, May 16 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at King’s Fork Middle School.  The event will include hands-on activities for students, information on summer camps, parent resources, and student project displays.  This program is geared towards elementary and middle school students.  For more information, contact Dr. Maria Lawson-Davenport at 925-6760.

gifted Fair Flyer16

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